DM1 - The Drum Machine

Developer: Fingerlab

Current Version: 2.2

Last Updated: 1 year ago

Download Size: 68.6 MB - Download


DM1 is an advanced Drum Machine. It turns your computer into a fun and creative beat making machine. Easy and fast to use, loaded with 108 superb electronic drum kits and beautiful hyper-realistic graphics, DM1 has been designed for a lot of instant fun.

With Midi In & out, DM1 is ready to fit your digital audio workstation.

As electronic musicians ourselves, we, at Fingerlab, have developed DM1 with the intention of delivering the perfect mix between fun playability and powerful sonic capacities. We always keep in mind the importance of a beautiful design with the right balance of powerful abilities while avoiding clumsy, overbusy interfaces.

Check our 108 electronic drum kits. 28 classic vintage drum kits plus 80 in-house produced electronic kits, edited and mastered at Fingerlab professional studio.

DM1 offers 5 main sections:

1 - THE STEP SEQUENCER Just turn on and off steps in your sequence to create cool beats, or unexpected rhythms!

2 - THE DRUM PADS simply lets you play and record the beat that tickles your fingers on the keyboard. No need to be a first-class drummer, automatic quantize does the work for you.

3 - THE MIXER for quick and subtle sound mixing of your drum kits. Featuring settings for volume, pitch, pan, sample length, custom drum kit element for each channel, mute and solo mode.

4 - THE FX TRACKPADS a creative duo of FX trackpads to distort, modulate and transform your beats. The effects include: Overdrive, Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Dalek, Formant, Resonant Filter & Compressor.

5 - THE SONG COMPOSER allows you to quickly make a song with the beat patterns you have created. Just drag and drop the patterns onto the timeline. Fast and easy.

DM1 for OSX is fully compatible with DM1 for iPad, you can share files between them.

• DM1 The Drum Machine for iPad winner Apple design Award 2012
• Fullscreen Retina Display
• Smart ergonomy for fast creativity and fun
• 108 vintage and produced drum kits, mastered at in-house Fingerlab Sound Studios
• import your samples and create your own kits
• Mixer with pitch, length and level rotary controls, pan controls, and custom drum kit per channel
• Automation Panel for a precise and intuitive control of any Mixer parameter over time
• Automation recording for FXs
• FX Trackpad for real-time sonic destruction and multi-FX
• Time signatures
• The Randomizer tool
• Extra fast drum kit loading
• Playable pattern selection for extra creativity
• Mode song with intuitive editing
• High-quality export
• Separated tracks and AAC encoding export options
• Full Midi Implementation
• Import & Export your song project

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Release Notes:

- 9 new drum kits
- Midi export velocity added
- Minor ergonomics improvements


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by maxdex1492

Excellet - I am so happy to see this come over from the iOS platforms. I already use DM1 on both the iPad and iPhone, but I always wished I had something similar on the iMac. I use DM1 mainly to set up drum tracks and metronomes to play keyboard against. Having it on the computer results in a faster/easier set up for me in that the computer is already connected to my speakers/monitors, etc. No more dragging the iPad cables out, connecting it to my speakers, worrying about power, etc. I love the DM1 interface. Simple and elegant. Best of the iOS drum machines, by far, IMHO.

Found helpful by 9 out of 12 people
Version 1.2
Review by TysonRIchard

Does not work! - This program runs properly for about three minutes then all the animations stop functioning, the dropdowns become very laggy, and all other components become unresponsive. The beat keeps playing, but you are essentially left in total darkness to work on it. I truely do not understand how this program is permitted to be sold on the app store. I have just had ten dollars stolen from my pocket.

Found helpful by 22 out of 28 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.2
Review by Ben174

Could see this growing into the next FL Studio - I really hope this developer continues to update this and grow it like FL Studio (Fruity Loops) did. Fruity loops started out as a much more simple product and emerged into a powerhouse that unfortunately only runs on Windows. This looks like a great start for a replacement. I do have an issue when midi syncing to my analog synth (MicroBrute) in that the syncing seems half a note off. I don't think it's a latency thing because if I have it serve as a master and drive notes on the synth, it syncs perfectly.

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 people
Version 2.2
Review by Charlie710

it’s good not great - the drums from the Linn9000 don’t sound exactly like the real thing… is a good app but is not AU nor is it VST… plus it brings sounds that are similar but not exact… I would wait till they make it an AU plug in.. otherwise is just for practice or play.

Found helpful by 63 out of 66 people
Version 2.2
Review by M-Style-Bass

a little buggy, bad tech support - On my iMac it has a few bugs. 1. When I’m in “full screen” viewing mode, the top inch of the screen disappears. If I click out of full screen mode, then click back in it fixes the problem for about 15 min. 2. It stops playing audio, and when it stops it never comes back unless I reselect all the samples for each track. 3. It does not always keep my saved my work. I can save a song and reload it a few times, then suddenly it’s not there anymore. 4. I emailed the company via their website a week ago, still no answer. I’m using a 2012 iMAC 2.7 GHz quad core i5 with 10.12.2 DM1 came so highly recommended, so I’m feeling like I just blew $10. Aside from that I like it (when it works) the sampled drum sounds are really good and the effects/sequencer/mixer/ are too. so it gets 2 stars. The other three come when they respond to my email and help me get this thing working. :)

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 2.2
Review by Shponglizer

Editors Choice??? - There is no way should this app be an Editors Choice. It’s clunky, unresponsive, and clearly unoptimized. I wanted to use this app to trigger a physical drum machive via midi, but the midi setup panel does not work at all. It’s confusingly setup as if it’s a midi router. Why is it a midi router? No idea. This midi setup panel does not remember any settings and it doesn’t let you change any of the setting either. I have around 20 midi inputs and outputs, and when I press the “Refresh” button it goes through your various midi inputs and outputs and assigns one of them (Randomly?) to all 5 of the routing fields. In my case, this is a midi port in the middle of a midi interface that has 8 inputs and outputs. The app does not display the correct port name, and there is no way to change these fields to other midi inputs or outputs. This app should only have one midi input port that it accepts input from, and one midi ouput port that it sends output to, and those should be selectable, and the app should remember the chosen settings.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 2.2
Review by OctalSocket

Not ready for prime time - Full Song Multitrack Export takes a very long time (30minutes for a 5 minute song on a 2015 i7 iMac), and often writes files that aren’t playable. In general, audio export often fails to write useable files. For casual use, this is a good app. The lack of useable export makes it useless for anything more

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people